Saturday, June 2, 2012


Types of Connectors

Connectors show the relationship between the ideas in two clauses. There are 3
kinds of connectors that we use to join clauses in sentences. They are
coordinators, subordinators, and transitions.

Coordinators are used to join two independent clauses. The coordinators are
and, for, so, but, yet, or and nor. Usually a comma is put before the coordinator.


The office is closed for the next two days, but you can still phone to leave
a message.

I forgot my computer disc, so I will have to hand in my assignment late.

Subordinators join a dependent clause to an independent clause. Examples of
subordinators are before, when, if, because and although. They are used before
the dependent clause. They can be used in two positions:

1) The subordinator and dependent clause can come before the
independent clause with a comma.

When the bell rang, the students ran to the sky-train station.

2) The subordinator and dependent clause can come after the independent
clause with no comma.

The students ran to the sky-train station when the bell rang.

Transitions are used between two independent clauses. Examples of transitions
are however, besides, nevertheless and furthermore. After the first clause, use a
semi-colon, then the transition, then a comma, and then the second clause.


The students laughed; however, the instructor was not trying to be funny.

May U. Phail decided to take classes during the summer. She wanted to
enjoy the city in summer; besides, she didn’t have enough money to go
on a trip.

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